Earth Day 2010 - Payback

"A fabulous evening of humour, music, and timely words
to benefit the planet, starting with our own green corner in Burlington."

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Earth Day 2010 Payback Poster  

Fundraising Reading and Concert

April 18 at the Port Nelson United Church, Burlington, Ontario

Come out to hear the words of Margaret Atwood, written in the spirit of Charles Dickens' "Christmas Carol", read by some of Canada's finest voices and interspersed with music from an impressive line-up of well-known performers.

"So what would Scrooge do if he were here with us today, and if he faced the problems we ourselves are now facing, not to mention the payback date that’s moving so rapidly in our direction?

And if he’d been given extra time to make amends, what form might those amends take?

Let’s find out."  -  Margaret Atwood


About the Evening

In the spirit of Dickens “Christmas Carol” readings to benefit the needy, and to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, a small group of citizens are organizing a dramatic reading and concert to raise money for the environment.  The centrepiece of the event is a reading from Payback, Margaret Atwood’s latest book which comprises her 2008 Massey Lectures.  In the final chapter, Atwood wrote a new version of the “Christmas Carol” story that features a modern-day Scrooge encountering the spirits of Earth Day Past, Present, and Future.  The focus of the piece is on the environmental issues that are facing our planet today, presented in a humourous but pointed manner.


The Readers

Mary Long   Paul Kennedy   Tyrone Savage Andrew Welch
The readers include acclaimed stage/screen actor Mary Long, Special Guest Paul Kennedy (host of CBC Radio’s “Ideas”), Tyrone Savage (star of CBC TV's Wind at My Back), and event creator Andrew Welch.

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The Musicians

Laura Bird   Jory Nash   Katherine Wheatley
Interspersed throughout the evening will be performances by three incredible singer/songwriters: Laura Bird, Jory Nash, and Katherine Wheatley.

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The Cause

All proceeds raised will go to the following environmental groups:

BurlingtonGreen (75%) David Suzuki Foundation (25%)
This event will be BULLFROG POWERED.

The Sponsors

We are extremely grateful to the various sponsors who have made it possible for us to publicize this event and get the word out.  Please show your support by supporting these businesses and organizations.  Thank you, thank you.

Port Nelson United Church
Port Nelson
United Church

House of Anansi Press
House of
Anansi Press

a different drummer books
a different
drummer books


Mountain Equipment Co-op

Eco Chefs

Alternatives Journal


The Organizer

The event is the brainchild of Andrew Welch, a Caledon author and performer, who has single-handedly assembled a stellar line-up of performers and engaged the participation of various local businesses and environmental action groups.  Everyone involved has volunteered their time and talent, with publicity costs donated by the sponsors listed above.  Much of the front-line work is being undertaken by Amy Schnurr, Executive Director of BurlingtonGreen, who would like to acknowledge the generous support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation.


The Details

Earth Day 2010 – Payback will take place on Sunday, April 18 (7:30pm) at the Port Nelson United Church (3132 South Drive, Burlington).  Admission is $15 in advance and $18 at the door.

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The Port Nelson United Church is located in Burlington, West of Toronto.  See the church's location and directions or find a route on Google Maps.

Burlington too far away or busy that night?  Check out our other performances!

Testimonials and Press

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"Stories and songs by all-star performers brought forward an extremely important message and challenged me to re-think and re-qualify how I look at the world around me.  What I loved most about the evening was that the message was subtle, advanced, and personal.  I love to be entertained, and it was certainly that too. ... I can't wait for next year!"
- Aaron Sheedy, Caledon, Ontario

To read the rest of this comment and others, we have now put together a separate page of audience feedback, media coverage, press releases, and other downloadable publicity material.

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57 Mary Street, Alton, Ontario, L7K 0E3, Canada

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